Achinta Sheuli: Biography, Age, Height, Family, Religion, State, Best Record, Commonwealth Games 2022

Achinta Sheuli

Achinta Sheuli (born 24 November 2001) is an Indian weightlifter who competes in the 73 kg weight class. He won the silver medal at the 2021 Junior World Weightlifting Championships and is a two-time Commonwealth Championships gold medalist. At the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth games, he set a games record of 313kg and claimed gold.

NameAchinta Sheuli
Date of Birth24 November 2022
BirthplaceSulphur, Panchla, Howrah
Weight73 kgs
StateWest Bengal, Howrah
Medals* Silver (World Junior Championships 2018)
* Gold (CWG 2022)

Achinta Sheuli Family

The late Achintya Shiuli’s father, Pratik Sheuli, was a rickshaw van driver by trade. Achintya’s father passed away around nine years ago. When Achinta was just 11 years old, her father passed away at 38 from a heart attack. His mother, Purnima Sheuli, worked as a lace maker when she was younger. The profits for the week barely amounted to five hundred rupees. They manage the family in some capacity with this money. However, even this effort did not occur consistently. Alok Shiuli, the older brother of Achintya Shiuli, is now working as a temporary employee with the fire department.

Career of Sheuli

Achinta was raised in his birthplace. He received his schooling at Deulpur High School. Meanwhile, he joined weightlifting in 2011. It was after the death of his father in 2013 when his life seemed to go downhill but his brother Alok managed to keep passion for weightlifting alive in Achinta. Later in 2014, Achinta participated in the 2014 National Championship where he failed to win a medal. However, his impressive mark caused the Army Sports Institute Coach to notice him. It was the courtesy of the coach who invited him to train in Pune that Achinta was further trained professionally in the game of weightlifting.

In 2018, he played at Asian Youth Championships and won a silver medal for the country. In the same year, he won a gold medal at the Junior Commonwealth Championship. The glory that Achinta was beginning to gain in the sport hiked as he became the first Indian man to win a silver medal in the Junior World Championship. Presently, Sheuli is posted on the post of Havildar in the Indian Army and continues as a valuable asset to the country by being an inspirational and young weightlifter.

Achinta’s introduction to weightlifting was quite accidental

Chasing kites one day as a 10-year old, he found himself at a local gym where his older brother Alok practiced the sport. The family was poverty-stricken – Father Jagat would ply a cycle rickshaw and find work as a labourer to make ends meet. Tragedy struck in 2013, when he suddenly passed away after a stroke, forcing Alok to abandon his dreams of becoming a competitive weightlifter and take on the family’s financial responsibilities. Mother Purnima took up odd jobs as a tailor to put food on the table, even as Achinta started to show the first signs of his ability as a weightlifter. He fondly recalls winning silver at a district-level competition in 2012 and a year later, finished fourth at the Sub Junior Nationals in the 50kg category, his first national level competition.

Included in Reliance Foundation Youth Sports

It was blindingly obvious that Achinta was a generational talent that needed careful nurturing to ensure he reaches full potential. In 2019, Achinta was included in the newly introduced elite athlete scholarship program by Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS). Since then, besides providing financial support, the program has ensured a dedicated sports Physiotherapist and Sports science specialists are available with Achinta at all times, including when he travels. Specialists from the Sports Science & Medicine (SSM) team at the Sir H.N Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai have also focused on critical areas such as nutrition, strength & conditioning, psychology and data management & analysis to provide the cutting edge Achinta needs in the pursuit of international success. “The biggest challenge in weightlifting is to remain free of injury and make sure our nutrition is handled in a scientific manner,” says Achinta. “I am extremely grateful to the SSM team from the Sir H.N Reliance Foundation Hospital in keeping me fit and free of injury.”

Based on his recent performances, Achinta Sheuli was picked up as part of the 12-member Indian weightlifting squad for Birmingham 2022 and will be making his debut at the Commonwealth Games.

Achinta is sponsored and supported under the Reliance Foundation scholarship that provides athletes in multiple sports support towards training and competitions, mentorship and access to modern sports science and medical assistance from experts at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.

Having established himself in the team, Achinta Sheuli is presently using weightlifting to earn glory for self and the nation too, to improve in his life and that of his family through the sport he’s doing.

Achinta Sheuli in Commonwealth Games 2022

Achinta won the gold medal in the 73 kgs event of weightlifting on Monday, 1 August 2022. He lifted 143 kgs in snatch. He later lifted 170 kgs in clean and jerk. This summed to 313 kgs and this was the best score of the day. Even though Malaysia’s Erry Hidayat Mohammad and Canada’s Darsigny managed to give Sheuli a very tough competition, he still managed to be unbeaten. Achinta’s score seemed very far to be matched and this led him to victory. Upon his glorious clinch of the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 2022, India’s tally managed to reach the level of 3 gold medals and 6 weightlifting medals in total. Sheuli was congratulated by everyone in the nation for his magical win. The heartiest congratulations he received also included a very genuine congratulatory note from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President, Draupadi Murmu.

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